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Presidential poll only — MDC-T


The MDC-T national council has resolved the next election should be only for the disputed presidential poll, party leader Morgan Tsvangirai announced on Thursday.

Tsvangirai, who is also the Prime Minister, said there was no need to hold a harmonised election before 2013, since all other results of the 2008 poll were not under dispute, save for the presidential election.

“Council notes and restates the position that an election should be held to deal with the question of illegitimacy associated with the farcical presidential run-off election of June 2008,” said Tsvangirai.

“For the avoidance of doubt, council resolves that the next election should be solely for the disputed presidential election of 2008 with a harmonised election to be held in 2013 as prescribed in the Constitution.”

The MDC-T leader also said neither Zanu PF nor its president (Robert Mugabe) had the right to unilaterally call for the presidential election arguing “article 23.1.b of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and the eighth schedule of the Constitution which requires agreement, should be respected”.

Turning to the ongoing furore over the United States classified diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Tsvangirai said his party’s national council noted there were attempts by the “enemy” to divide his party through the “leaks”.

“Council also notes the continuation of this (divisive) agenda through various channels including diplomatic leaks now known as WikiLeaks. Council therefore condemns the aforesaid attempts to divide us and indeed (condemns) the reports in the aforesaid WikiLeaks.

“Council restates the strength of the party and reaffirms that the party cannot be divided or de-branded by the loony actions of a dying Zanu PF empire.”

Tsvangirai said there was need for the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) roadmap on elections to be adhered to before the proposed elections were held.

He also called for the creation of adequate conditions for free and fair elections and a guarantee that there would be no violence.

He called for “proper monitoring and policing of the election, including the question of Sadc presence six months before and six months after the elections”.

Tsvangirai said there should also be a guarantee the people’s will would be respected in the election. On the GPA, the MDC-T called on Sadc to reconvene the aborted extraordinary troika meeting of November 20, meant to discuss Zimbabwe’s deepening political crisis.

The party wants outstanding issues, such as the swearing-in of Roy Bennett, MDC-T Deputy Agriculture minister-designate, the appointments of Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono, to be discussed.
MDC-T also wants Sadc to address the “toxic issues” such as violence and the deployment of security agents in the countryside.

Tsvangirai condemned acts of violence and intimidation which he said were taking place in rural areas and called for the withdrawal of the security personnel who he said had been deployed there.

He said his national council had called on the Organ of National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration to speed up the process of national healing to put an end to political violence.

Tsvangirai said the MDC-T national council had noted that Zimbabweans were suffering although the inclusive government was making efforts to alleviate the suffering.

“However, council notes the leakages, corruption, opaqueness and lack of accountability associated particularly with minerals and extractive industries in general,” said Tsvangirai.

He said the MDC-T council supports the government decision that all alluvial diamonds should be owned and mined by the state.

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